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 Dominica - Profile

Facts

Dominica suffered a direct hit by category 5 hurricane Maria’s eyewall in September 2017. As much as 90% of the buildings on Dominica were destroyed and 100% of agriculture was wiped out. The main priority in the rebuild is to reopen schools and repair roofs and building infrastructure.

See news items adjacent for the latest information and the Dominica Cruisers Facebook Page.

Dominica Facts

  • Known as the Commonwealth of Dominica to distinguish it from the Dominican Republic.
  • France ceded possession of the island to Great Britain in 1763. It became an independant state in 1978.
  • The main language is English. Creole (A language primarily based on French with Carib loan words and West African syntax) is also spoken.
  • One of the most mountainous of the Windward Islands, it is Dominica's wild interior that is her main attraction and many head here for the great hiking.

Security

In the last 4 years, Dominica has made huge improvements to improve yacht security and the yacht services training that locals have been given in Dominica to encourage cruising sailors to visit the island.

Dominica is now the model for the other Caribbean islands when it comes to safety for yachts and its occupants.

A group called P.A.Y.S. (Portsmouth Association of Yacht Services) based in Portsmouth, Dominica, has been established. The group is made up of trained certified guides and local businesses that also patrol Prince Rupert Bay 24/7 during the winter sailing season (November to the end of May). They help "yachties" with numerous services and monitor VHF Ch.16 to assist yachties on arrival. Both Portsmouth and Roseau provide on the water security patrols.

The Dominica Marine Association and the Dominica Marine Center has been providing security in the Roseau bay area and is happy to report a 99% perfect record over the 8 years of providing such security.

Based on reports to Noonsite from cruisers, petty theft from yachts is on the rise in the Caribbean in general. Cruisers should take basic safety precautions and use common sense when leaving the boat or going ashore at night. Dinghy thieves operate throughout the Caribbean and best advice is to place your dinghy on deck and chain it overnight.

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (safetyandsecuritynet@gmail.com) provides information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye to appropriate behaviour and precautions wherever they decide to go. Should you have suffered a boarding, robbery or attack on your yacht or have information about a yachting-related security incident, go to the CSSN homepage and click on the "Report an Incident" icon. The associated form is quick and simple to complete and ensures that all the necessary details are reported. The CSSN is the most comprehensive source of Caribbean security incidents against sailors. Remember, it is every cruiser's responsibility to ensure that incidents are reported. Also cruisers can subscribe to e-mail alerts, follow on facebook and twitter and listen to the SSB Voice Service.

Also be sure to check the noonsite Piracy & Safety Pages

Last updated January 2016.

Weather

Dominica is a rainy island, especially June to October, while the hurricane season from June to November should be avoided.

Dominica Meteorological Service

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

Main Ports

Marigot , Mero , Portsmouth * , Roseau *

* indicates port of entry

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 10, 2017 11:34 AM

LIAT RESTARTS LIMITED COMMERCIAL SERVICE TO DOMINICA
Following the opening announcement by Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, LIAT will resume a limited commercial service to Douglas Charles Airport as we begin to normalize operations following Hurricane Maria.
The service will operate daily alternating between the hubs of Antigua and Barbados. Interim Chief Commercial Officer Audra Walker stated that this frequency is done as the airline has to work with several challenges as well as concern for its staff. “We were the first airline back into Dominica and our staff has worked tirelessly from the first flight two days after Hurricane Maria as well as when we did our relief flights even with their own difficulties. We are assisting them with getting back to a sense of normalcy.” She further stated that there were still challenges with connectivity from Dominica which would mean the use of a manual system for operations.
The re-introduction of the commercial service will also see the lifting of restrictions on who can travel into the Commonwealth of Dominica. Any person can now book via the website or Call Centre under the normal travel requirements.
The new schedule will see LIAT operating a return flight from Antigua to Dominica on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday while the daily return flight to Barbados will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This schedule will run until November 7th when the airline will review and update its schedule into affected territories for the winter season.

holrobert
holrobert says:
Mar 15, 2017 02:18 AM

During our stay on March 10 2017 an old neglected coaster sank in Prince Rupert Bay. It is just under the surface. Coordinates 15 34 66N, 61 27 75W. We left Rupert Bay on the 11th, the danger was not yet marked by then.

Knuth
Knuth says:
Feb 24, 2017 12:47 AM

we had so huge expectations in Dominica, BUT...
1. no more a 'secret island' - it is very, very touristic!!
2. too much boats at Portsmouth/Prince Rupert bay! Minimum > 70 Y's creating lots of traffic and, and, and...
3. horrible night, since the disco music nera PAYS started at 09:00 pm and did not stop before 04:30am !!!!! And it was so noisy, no chance to sleep!
4. very choppy and swelly, every day, independent there was no wind at all.
5. you pay for everything, also for every waste bin you want to get rid of ...

rochero
rochero says:
Jun 09, 2016 10:05 PM

We stay in Dominica in May 2016, half of the time in Portsmouth, half of it in Roseau. We loved it: Very respectful boat boys, very helpful and kind,especially with the kids. The same applies to the local population in Portsmouth and surrounding villages:Always a smile and a few nice words. People are generous, we recived a lot of fruits or veggies when hiking. We always felt safe, even in Roseau, despite there are a few beggers. The island is very clean, no litter (there has been a lot of education made on that matter lately). Overall, we found people very nice and respectful, probably due to the influence of the rastafarism culture, very present over there.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 18, 2016 12:43 PM

DOMINICA'S FIRST YACHTIE APPRECIATION WEEK
February 14 to 21, 2016
Organised to celebrate the installation of a new mooring field in Prince Rupert's Bay. All visiting yachts will receive free moorings, discounted island tours, and nightly socials. As a bonus, St. Maarten Yacht Club will help organize a Rally/Race to get boats from the island of Dominica to St. Maarten in time for the St. Maarten Heineken regatta.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 14, 2015 09:39 PM

The Islanders still need help following tropical storm Erika that devastated the island in 2015. If planning on visiting Dominica, read the news item adjacent re. items that are still urgently needed (including diapers/nappies for children, school items, Christmas toys, female products/pads, and other basics.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 09, 2015 12:29 PM

Posted by Chris Doyle on the Dominica Cruisers (PAYS) Facebook Page
Indian River

It does not matter how many times I go up the Indian river, it is still as magical as ever. The addition of the Calypso's hut which grows organically out of the mangroves is a lovely addition. It is is a crying shame that the land surrounding the river has is privately owned and has no protective ordinance. Some of this land is now being sold off and some of the drainage swamp for the area is being filled. When it rains this means more water will pour down the river changing its ecology. This could end up being a tragedy for a site that is unique in the eastern Caribbean. Go enjoy it while you can!
www.doyleguides.com

DominicaMarine
DominicaMarine says:
Mar 18, 2015 09:16 PM

No one likes to hear arguments but arguments are what they are until being resolved. I believe Roseau is not immune from arguments such as any capital city or country side in the World. Why is someone posting on Noonsite about two guys arguing is beyond me. Litter is an issue for me because I love a clean place . We are resolving it till there are no paper or plastics on our beaches and road drains. Still not worthy for Noonsite as we are not immune to litter.

DRoss
DRoss says:
Mar 15, 2015 04:34 PM

I have to post that we find the exact opposite. We were in Portsmouth for 2 weeks and now in Roseau for 10 days. The PAYS guys are wonderful in Portsmouth and, while not so organised, we're happy with what we have found in Roseau. In addition we're traveling with other boats (5 in Portsmouth, 3 in Roseau) and we are all quite happy here. Go figure!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 16, 2015 07:06 PM

Posted on behalf of Vivianne Perazelli (Canada)
Hi, I finally decided to send you an update on this paradise island, as they like to call it here. We arrived here 6 weeks ago and due to our broke down engine, we are here for a while. On a morring in Roseau ( Newtown), we just about had anough witnessing to constant battles between the "canoe boys". It is not fun to hear ...I will shoot you you f..... For us it's the last time we come here. The streets are filthy, garbage everywhere, taxi drivers that never leave you alone. Not fun !!!

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